The preceding overview of the distribution of patent law firms across countries shows which countries are important in the field of intellectual property. Unsurprisingly, this outline is dominated by large and economically powerful countries. It does, however, give little indication of how many patent professionals work in a country in relation to the size of the population.
This list is dominated by four nations: South Korea, Switzerland, Israel and Japan. With values from 11.2 to 9.4 per million inhabitants, they show significantly higher numbers than all other nations. Those four countries are followed by a group composed of Germany, Singapore and USA with values from 6.8 to 6.2 patent law firms per million inhabitants. The Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia are completing the list of the outstanding nations. They have 4.4 patent firms per million inhabitants each. The figures of all these countries are far above mean. In average, there are only 1.6 patent law firms per million inhabitants worldwide. It should be noted, however, that this value is greatly affected by the populous nations of China (0.4) and India (0.1), which form the bottom of the table.
All the nations are included where at least one firm that belongs to the top 1000 firms in the world is located. Thereby, it can be avoided that countries distort the figures, in which internationally renowned patent attorneys are practically not existent.